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Communication and Social Change Minor

The Communication and Social Change Minor is designed to show how communication, as an interdisciplinary approach, can be used to build and assess strategic approaches in campaigns, advocacy, and social movements. This minor will allow students to focus on areas of substantive interest through specialized guidance, course participation, and experiential learning.

    For students under the 2018-2020 catalog

    This minor requires 18 semester hours of coursework. Nine hours must be taken at the upper-division level, and at least nine hours must be taken in residence. All courses must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is only offered on the pass/fail basis. Only courses with a C- or better (or CR for courses offered only on a pass/fail basis) will be counted toward the minor. Students in Moody College may declare only one minor and must apply for their minor/certificate before they have completed 65% of their degree requirements.

    Students must fulfill the following requirements:

    COM 323 Communication Internship (Topic 2: Social Change Internship)
    Fifteen additional hours to be chosen from the following:
    ADV/PR 320 Integrated Communication for Nonprofit Organizations
    ADV/PR 322 Health Communication: Messages, Campaigns, and the Media
    ADV/PR 323 Public Communication of Science and Techology
    ADV/PR 324 Communicating Sustainability
    ADV 336 Multicultural Issues in Advertising and Public Relations (any topic)
    CMS 340K Communication and Social Change
    CMS 342K Political Communication
    CMS 354 Conflict Resolution
    J 315R Contemporary Representation in Media
    J 341J Minorities and the Media
    J 342G Reporting the World: A Critical Examination of the United States News Media
    J 348D Gender and the News
    J 351F Journalism, Society, and the Citizen Journalist
    J 358S Communicating Social Change
    RTF 301S Social Activism in Film
    RTF 323C Screening Race
    RTF 342 Topics in Global Media (Topic 8: Development Communication and Social Change)
    RTF 365 Topics in Media and Society (Topic 13: Activist Media)

    Students must petition the faculty committee in advance if they wish to substitute another course to use toward any requirement.

    In addition, the following are University-wide rules regarding minors:

    • The minor must be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin.
    • Minors must include a minimum of six hours of upper division coursework. 
    • A student may not earn a minor in the same field of study as his or her major
    • At least nine of the hours required for the minor must include coursework not used to satisfy the requirements of the student’s major; this includes courses in non-major departments that are cross-listed with courses offered within the student’s major department. However, courses in the minor may fulfill other degree requirements such as general education requirements or required elective hours.
    • Transcript recognition is awarded at the time of undergraduate degree completion.

    Apply here!

    • Select "Communication" as the School
    • Click "Search"
    • Find "COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE" and apply!

    The Communication and Social Change Minor is open to all undergraduate majors at The University of Texas at Austin.

    Students in Moody College may declare only one minor and must apply for their minor/certificate before they have completed 65% of their degree requirements.